2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11/01, but many have already forgotten that day.
In the days and months that followed the attacks of September 11th, 2001, there was no other topic in the world. Everything was focused on the horrible things that occurred. In the years following, recovery was still a big topic and stories about it played widely in the media as the effects were still being felt. Unfortunately, as time went on, the coverage became less and less.
It’s not that I want to see videos of airplanes hitting buildings or the towers falling (because I don’t), but for many years following there were countless documentaries and news stories aired in the days leading to 9/11 anniversaries. Stories of the survivors were told. Victims and their families were honored. Police and firefighters were honored, as were others who were there. Society cared about our collective loss, but as the years passed, the gatherings became smaller. The talk became quieter and victims were forgotten except to those close to them. That September morning had also been overshadowed by the resulting wars that followed.
People didn’t talk about it anymore. We moved on. It became a memory of the past, and for some, nothing more than a story. We also seem to have forgotten all the things we felt that day. Despite that fact that everyone who was alive at the time was impacted in some way, 9/11 has sadly become just another day.
Kids in school today have no clue about the things that happened 20 years ago. They will never know the pain we felt, or the sacrifices we unknowingly made. They will never know the loss of security, freedoms, and the way of life we once knew, nor do they know the unity we had and the level of love and compassion shown afterward, or the endurance it took to recover and rebuild. For them, it’s just another page in the history books that has no direct relevance on their lives.
We can’t negate the fact that 9/11 was a day that changed humanity. We can’t let these memories die. Stories need to be told. People need to be memorialized. We need to think about what that day did to the world and life as we know it.
We must never forget.
~ Marty ~
If you’re in a reading mood, check out a couple of my older posts related to 9/11: